Preparing for Surgery
We have received government approval to proceed to Phase 1 of the Halton Healthcare Restart Plan. This means that we can gradually resume some elective surgeries and other procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay. Some surgeons have already begun the rebooking process. This will be a lengthy process, one that may take several weeks or months.
Preparing for surgery looks different during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are more precautions in place to keep patients and healthcare workers safe. Patients will be contacted by their surgeon’s office with new surgical dates and preparation details. Please see the attached handout to assist you in preparing for your surgery at Halton Healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have concerns, including new or worsening symptoms, please reach out to your physician or other members of your health care team directly. If you are in need of emergency care, please call 911 or go to your closest Emergency Department. Our hospitals are safe and our Emergency Departments are open 24/7 to care for you in the event of an urgent, life-threatening illness or injury.
For Your Safety
To help you prepare for a successful surgery please follow these guidelines:
- Clean your hands frequently
- Practice physical distancing
- Wear a mask in public when physical distancing is not possible. You and your support person should wear your own masks when you come to the hospital
- We recommend that you self-isolate for 14 days prior to your surgery to reduce your risk of infection. This may include limiting contact with family in your household and friends
Parking & Entrances
We continue to have restrictions on the number of entrances that are open at our hospitals.
OTMH – park in the parking garage (Lot#6) and enter the hospital through the entrance off Level 2 of the garage
MDH – park in Lot #1 and enter through the Main Entrance
GH – park in the main parking lot and enter through the Main Entrance or the South entrance.
Screening and Masking
Everyone who comes to our hospital is asked a series of screening questions before they are allowed to enter and asked to wear a mask. A visitor or support person who fails the screening test will be refused entry. Scheduled surgeries and procedures may be cancelled for a patient with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
We recognize that some individuals may require a support person to accompany them to the hospital. While we are currently limiting the number of people who are coming into our buildings due to COVID-19, we continue to accommodate the need for support persons where it is safe to do so. Our waiting rooms have been updated to ensure we are able to safely, physically distance and this may impact our ability to accommodate everyone. Some support people may be asked to wait in their vehicles, those who are able to stay will be asked to remain in the designated waiting room until the patient is discharged. Support people/visitors are not permitted to visit if you are admitted to an inpatient unit except under special circumstances. Please speak to your healthcare team for more information.